In a historic first for Indian boxing, former Asian Games gold-medallist Vikas Krishan will be presented the ‘Best Boxer’ award by the International Boxing Association for his performance this year, during the world body’s 70th anniversary celebrations on December 20.
“In recognition of your achievements throughout the year, AIBA would like to use the occasion to present you with the 2016 AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) Best Boxer award,” AIBA President wrote in a letter sent to the two-time Olympian. The 24-year-old Vikas is currently in New Jersey, USA. He he has been training there for more than a fortnight to prepare for the season ahead.
The two-time Asian Games medallist, a gold in 2010 and a bronze in 2014, Vikas competed in two APB bouts this year. He lost the first but went on to beat Kenya’s Nickson Abaka in the second bout that was held in Delhi which was conducted by the Professional Boxing Organisation of India (PBOI). Abaka is currently placed 8th in the AIBA APB rankings.
“It is a huge honour but I am not particularly happy because I have already missed what I really wanted this year and that is an Olympic medal,” Vikas said over phone from New Jersey.
The Haryana-lad, who is also a former World Championships bronze medallist, had gone down in the quarterfinals of the Rio Olympics.